How to Make a Hot Toddy

One of the benefits of living with someone from the UK is that you get to learn about all sorts of different food and drink like Toad in the Hole, Bangers and Mash and of course, Pimms Cup.  Another drink he introduced to me that I fancy quite a lot is the Hot Toddy.  Now that the weather is finally cooling down, it’s the perfect time to learn how to make a hot toddy.

The hot toddy comes from Scottish origin, and is a drink that has of black tea, lemon, honey and either whiskey or brandy.  Hot Toddies are known as a good cold and flu remedy, but they are also a nice beverage to drink even when you aren’t sick.

After running a 10 mile race this past weekend all I wanted to do is put my feet up, watch some football and drink a hot toddy.  So that’s what I did.

How to Make a Hot Toddy pinHow to Make a Hot Toddy (makes 2)


2 oz Irish Whiskey (I used Red Breast)

2 black tea bags

1 lemon

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp cinnamon

Hot Water


Boil a pot of hot water.  Place teabags into two mugs and pour water over tea.  Let tea steep for a few minutes, then remove tea bags.

How to Make a Hot Toddy TeaSlice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice of the lemon into each cup.  If you don’t want your tea to have a strong lemon flavor, only use one half of the lemon for juice.

How to Make a Hot Toddy LemonPour 1 oz of whiskey into each mug.  This will give the hot toddy a nice whiskey flavor.  Again, use more or less whiskey based on personal preference.

How to Make a Hot Toddy WhiskeyAdd 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to each mug.  Honey also works excellent in this recipe.

How to Make a Hot Toddy Maple SyrupSprinkle cinnamon on top of each mug, and enjoy!

How to Make a Hot Toddy and BreadI personally enjoyed my hot toddy with some paleo pumpkin bread, and am already planning on making another one soon.  The perfect fall drink!

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